In their attempts to fight Wall Street reform, Republicans are already recycling the same old tactics that they used to fight health care reform and even the stimulus. Conservatives opposed to financial reform are repeating a familiar refrain — “start over”:
On the Recovery Act
“The Senate would do us all a great favor if it started again from scratch.” — Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), 2/4/09
“Start over again on this bill and retarget it.” — Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), 2/12/09
On Health Care Reform
“How much longer do Americans have to wait before Democrat leaders will give up this partisan quest and agree to start over?” — Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 3/10/10
“We should either scrap this bill completely and throw it away and forget about it. Or scrap it and start over again.” — Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), 3/17/10
On Wall Street Reform
“Look, there’s no rush right now. We need to get it right.” — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), 4/21/10
“Start over please, Mr. President.” — Fox News’ Steve Doocy, Karl Rove, 4/19/10
Rather than engage in substantive debate over reform, Republicans decided early on that they would lie about the legislation and slow down its progress. Instead of trying to fix the mess created by their own Party, Republicans are using a rhetorical ploy to confuse the public and kill reform. Over and over again.
ThinkProgress has compiled a video documenting the Republican calls to “slow down” and “start over” over the past year. Watch it:
Ultimately, Republican efforts to stall, slow, and stop progress on the stimulus and health care reform failed. Hopefully, history repeats itself in the course of Wall Street reform debate.